Prasat Prei Khmeng (Boeng Khnar)
|Prasat Prei Khmeng
|Purandarapura, Yasodharapura II, Yasodharapura III, Angkor
|Brick, Laterite, Sandstone
Although in a highly ruinous state, the small sanctuary of Prei Khmeng is an historically significant site and indeed lends its name to an entire category of pre-Angkorian art. Today, Prei Khmeng style corresponds to the late 7th to early 8th century Chenla period and the reign of Jayavarman I. The shrine is therefore certainly one of the oldest known temple sites in Siem Reap Province and, along with nearby sites such as Prasat Ak Yum, probably formed part of Jayavarman I's city of Purandarapura, constructed when he established himself in the area after arriving from the Sambor Prei Kuk region to the east.
The site, lying in Boeng Khnar Village, just to the west of the West Baray, has been recently cleared to reveal the vestiges of a single brick tower on a raised platform with an eastern entrance and surrounding moat. Scattered brick and laterite fragments hint at the likelihood of additional - now disappeared - towers, while a number of sandstone blocks represent doorjambs and steps. At least one pedestal, a large decorative soma sutra and a section of rounded colonette are also visible.
Access to the site is not clear so it is best to ask in the village.
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- Baray Toek Thla
- Kok Kroes Trapeang Kantuot
- Kok Prasat (Pralay)
- Kok Pravas
- Kok Ta Srei (Puok)
- Kok Trabaek (Puok)
- Neak Ta Kok Srok
- Prasat Ak Yum
- Prasat Kok Singh
- Prasat Phnom Rong
- Prasat Prei Khmeng (Boeng Khnar)
- Prasat Wat Khnat
- Spean Memay (Kok Thmei)
- Trapeang Sen
- Tuol Khnat (Puok)
- Tuol Prasat Rolos Khang Tbong
- Tuol Prasat Sambuor
- Tuol Yeay Nong (Siem Reap)
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